not being skeered to shop in ethnic markets has saved me lots. we've discussed how much cheaper offal can be there, as well as veggies, spices and stuff like garlic and jalapenos.
buying off-cuts, like pork belly, is super-cheap and the meat is so rich, a little really goes a long way.
bone broth has been a real game-changer for me, health-wise, appetite-wise and $$$$-wise. 1st meal today was beef broth with about 1/2 bag frozen spinach and 3 oz. of braised beef. low-carb, low-cal and i am stuffed.
eta: i don't skim the fat, but use a little hunk of it in each bowl of broth i eat, instead of adding butter or oil.
i haven't been "saving" bones, because i too prefer the meatier, sturdier ones like soup and neck bones. i do pull that meat off the bones after a few hours and freeze it for later use to eat in the broth.
we had some farmer's market tomatoes that were too sad to eat raw, so i cooked them slowly with some fennel seed, thyme, garlic and olive oil. like a confit, til they were very mushy. poured that over some spinach fritters we had with dinner.
i never took home ec, but my economic status changed pretty dramatically about 3 years ago, so i do what's needed.
Last edited by noodletoy; 09-02-2012 at 07:38 AM.
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway